Award Year: 2017

Academy I Middle School

209 Bergen Avenue
Jersey City, NJ, 07305-1524

(201) 915-6500

Mrs. Grace Moriarty, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Magnet School

Jersey City Public School District

School Website

Mission

We provide students with the skills and exploratory experiences that enable them to reach their fullest potential as independent thinkers and innovative problem solvers.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 23%
  • White: 15%
  • Hispanic: 16%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 44%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 81%
Application
Creating excellence in the whole child.

Creating excellence in the whole child.

Walking through the halls of Academy I, you will see robots built by our Robotics Team, taste the cookies baked in our life skills class, hear our rock band practicing in the music room, feel the high fives for great accomplishments, and smell the sweetness of our success. This is a sampling of sensations to be experienced at Academy I, a magnet school within the Jersey City Public School District.

Our three academic programs represent a diverse urban community. These distinct programs provide learning opportunities to prepare students for future success. The Acceleration and Enrichment Program is a district magnet for academically talented students. The Bridges Program is a district wide alternative education program which provides opportunities for students with learning and motivational needs. The Special Needs Program is the hub for the district's Cognitively Impaired Students consisting of self-contained, intellectually disabled and autistic students. The students enter with different strengths and unique challenges yet they continuously exceed expectations.

Teachers develop lessons relevant to the students' lives. Students are actively engaged through projects, choices, and student led lessons. Teachers act as facilitators; questioning students, challenging their thinking and assessing progress.

Academy I offers an assortment of enrichment courses to nurture interests in sports and intramurals, visual and performing arts, drama and creative writing, academic clubs, as well as community service projects.

The Academy I family strives to prepare the whole child for future success. All students are expected to achieve academically, socially and emotionally to become contributing members of society.